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3DS vs PSP – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2019 Update

3DS vs PSP – VGChartz Gap Charts – July 2019 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 September 2019 / 2,870 Views

The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.


3DS Vs. PSP Global:

Gap change in latest month: 127,693 – PSP

Gap change over last 12 months: 1,456,342 – PSP

Total Lead: 4,286,512 – PSP

3DS Total Sales: 74,693,112

PSP Total Sales: 78,979,624

In the latest month the gap grew by 127,693 units in favor of the PSP when compared to the 3DS. In the last 12 months the PSP has increased its lead by 1.46 million units. The PSP currently leads by 4.29 million units.

An important note is that the two handhelds launched at different times of the year. The PSP first launched in December 2004, while the 3DS launched in February 2011. The 3DS has sold 74.69 million units, while the PSP sold 78.98 million units.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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curl-6 (on 05 September 2019)

Really goes to show how much the rise of mobile/tablet gaming gutted the dedicated portable market, that the "winner" of the 8th gen portable war will sell less than the loser of the 7th gen.

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Cerebralbore101 curl-6 (on 06 September 2019)

Vita failed because it was just a bad portable. 3DS didn't get huge DS sales numbers because it launched overpriced, with few launch games. Phones had little to do with it.

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Cerebralbore101 curl-6 (on 06 September 2019)

Also most of the PSP's audience wasn't interested in Nintendo handhelds anyway. So when the Vita failed, it's not like all those lost Vita sales were going to automatically transfer over to 3DS. I love my 3DS, but it was very much a GameCube, or N64, and not a Switch or a Wii.

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The_Liquid_Laser (on 05 September 2019)

The PSP was a solid system that just happened to go up against a more solid system, the DS. I had a lot of fun on my PSP, and I feel like their were still a lot of games on it that I passed over the first time. It might be time to dust off my old PSP again.

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HylianSwordsman (on 05 September 2019)

Given the trajectory of that gap, and knowing the final total of the PSP, and given that 3DS has one more holiday left and will probably sell half its yearly sales during that holiday, I'd say 3DS is looking to settle in at 76 million and change, maybe 77 if it's lucky.

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Wman1996 (on 05 September 2019)

I don't think 3DS will outsell the PSP, especially with the Switch Lite about to drop.
I'd say 76-77 million is a lock, but that's about it.

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yo33331 (on 05 September 2019)

3DS will reach 76M at best with this year ending, and maybe 77 with the next.. maybe 78 in best case scenario but still will be below PSP sales

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SuperNintend0rk (on 05 September 2019)

This is a great example of why having strong legs is so important. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Geralt99 (on 06 September 2019)

PSP total sales 80 million.
Not 78.

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Barkley Geralt99 (on 06 September 2019)

The 78.9m figure is launch aligned not lifetime sales. PSP sold 78.9m in it's first 101 months.

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